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If you or anyone you know has had a breast reconstruction, could you please give me your views?
I am being referred for a reconstruction following a mastectomy and I want to weigh up the pros and cons of the different types of reconstructions available before I decide which method to go for. Thanks.
I think you'll find, anorak that it depends on lots of things. If you have a big tum and haven't had surgery there like a cs, you may decide to have a tummy tuck. I've had the muscle from my back used, and a bit of an implant. An implant on its own can look a bit false, but it depends. I just took advice from my surgeon. I am having another operation quite soon to sort out the lump in the implant. What they mind about here is the shape in a bra
Don't worry, TMH, they can do some amazing things! A woman I know showed me her double reconstruction using her tummy, and it looks fantastic! I haven't yet been offered a nipple tattoo and I'm not sure I can be bothered with that. You can get prosthetic nipples too, or get them made from your labia...
OK, my situation is this: I will have to fly to the US for this op, and if I discuss it with the surgeon and then need time to decide, I will have to come back to Bermuda and think about it and then fly back to the US - I really don't want to do all that flying about. So I need to have my preferences in mind before I meet the surgeon. Obviously they won't be cut and dried, I accept that the surgeon might consider my choices unsuitable and advise me differently, but I need to at least know what my preferences are, before I go.
I exercise a lot, but I'm unable to do anything involving impact on my ankle, so I can't run. I do a lot of floor exercises, non-impact aerobic exercise on a strider machine, and I swim.
I am about 2 stone overweight and have spare skin on my tummy having given birth three times. I am concerned about losing the muscle in my abdomen with the tummy-tuck style tram-flap operation. A tummy-tuck will look nice at first but the loss of the muscle there could mean a saggy abdomen later on without the possibility of using exercise to tighten it up.
I don't like the idea of an implant. I wonder how people manage to dress during the weeks/months their skin is being stretched beforehand, it all sounds very tricky, and I have heard that people have problems with implants. I much prefer the idea of using my own tissue.
I wonder if the tram-flap using skin and muscle from my back would be the best route?
I hope you can see my dilemma and understand why I would be interested in as many opinions and experiences as I can gather.
I can still do lots of things with my arm, but will probably not go back to riding professionally! Too much heavy lifting and carrying - but that's more to do with the lymphodema than lack of muscle.
Breast Cancer Care may be able to advise as well. Do you have a breast care nurse who is helpful?
I spoke mainly to my bc nurse who showed me pics and told me about the pros and cons of different methods. I think with the back muscle you can still do pretty much everything, but I was told I may not have enough strength to play professional tennis - Oh damn
Hope you don't mind if I join this thread, as I don't have cancer, but high risk. Had my first hospital clinic today where they are going to offer me early scans, but have raised the idea of Prophylactic (Elective) Mastectomy.
Can I ask BlaDeBla why the when saying "What they mind about here is the shape in a bra" ?
Have been looking at some pictures, tbh I did think they would look a bit better than they do, more like the cosmetic ones I've seen on tv suppose! Then been cross with myself at how shallow I am; it's a medical procedure, not a cosmetic one. But thanks, I have much to think about.
I thought the same, Heated!You may find this helpful. I thought I might end up with tits like VBeckam or Jordan, but I've got one that looks like it belongs on me. I guess it's because the surgeons are starting from the breast bone, whereas with cosmetic surgery there is already breast tissue there that can hide a few bits